uprooted #1-10, 2023
Archival pigment print, various sizes
After two decades of drought, California experienced bomb cyclones and atmospheric rivers in early 2023. This series of color photographs, made at The Sea Ranch on the Sonoma coast where I live, pays homage to over 500 fallen trees, and their upended visible roots. Through photographic processes my goal is to unveil the below the surface world not seen to the naked eye. In contrast to the stillness of a root, the compositions capture a fleeting moment in time. The reversed hues symbolically allude to humans’ perception of the visible color spectrum and the nature of seeing.
“Uprooted” evokes an entropic state of being pulled from the ground, suggesting connections between macro and micro, above and below, darkness and light.The massive plant’s root foundation when exposed, reveals a glimpse into the psychic life of an otherwise unseen world, beckoning the viewer to reimagine the reality of climate change and the many events that shape our movements, and the changes in our own lives.